Rural Life Museum – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Rural Life Museum – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

You may think that you have been to enough museums to last for your holiday, but don’t pass up the opportunity to see the one that was rated as one of the “top 10 outdoor museums in the world” according to the British Museum.  Quite a statement considering how many museums there are in the world!  Here you will have the opportunity to travel back in time in three different areas of the Museum which contain the largest collection of material culture of 19th century Louisiana in this outdoor landscape.

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Mardi Gras/Carnival – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Mardi Gras/Carnival – New Orleans, Louisiana

So just exactlywhat is Mardi Gras and why would I want to go there?  Mardi Gras is the granddaddy of American carnivals.  It incorporates the entire city and region in providing parades, street celebrations and great food.

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the final day of the Carnival, which begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6.  Not only is it known as Fat Tuesday but it is also known as King’ Day or Twelfth Night.  It celebrates the arrival of the three kings at Jesus’ birthplace marking the end of the Christmas season.  That means, in New Orleans, the Carnival starts.  The roots of the Carnival finds its roots in a number of pagan celebrations of spring which date back 5,000 years.

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Saint Louis Cathedral – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Saint Louis Cathedral – New Orleans, Louisiana

As you travel the world you know that one of the things that brings out the best in architecture and merit are the cathedrals and churches that were built in the early years.  Some are hundreds of years old and still being used, there are some that are not quite that old but still have the dignity and beauty that our forefathers had the vision to share with the world.

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Oak Alley Plantation – Vacherie, Louisiana

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Oak Alley Plantation – Vacherie, Louisiana

In 1925 Oak Alley was restored and was the first example of ante-bellum restoration along the River Road.   The estate consists of 25 acres and is managed by a non-profit association in order to keep it open to the public so that you can enjoy the beauty and taste of life from the past.

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Cane River Creole National Historical Park at Oakland Plantation – Bermuda, Louisiana

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Both Oakland and Magnolia Plantations owe their physical integrity to the families that kept them intact for seven and eight generations.

Descendents of the plantations’ owners and descendents of the plantations’ laborers remained on the land through periods of prosperity and depression, war and peace, and dramatic changes in governments, agriculture, technology, and labor systems.

The French Prud’homme family began farming the land at Oakland in 1785. Magnolia traces its mid-18th century origin to the French LeComte family, and also to the German Hertzog family.

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Global Wildlife Center – Folsom, LA

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Come Safari with us! Is this Africa or Louisiana? It’s easy to forget where you are as you travel on safari through the expansive wildlife preserve or Global Wildlife Center.

This is a place where children, adults, students, and teachers embrace the values of active conservation and wildlife preservation through hands-on education and first-person sensory experience.

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Cajun Tours & Cruises, Inc. – Houma, Louisiana

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Cajun Tours & Cruises, Inc. – Houma, Louisiana

When you visit Louisiana you probably think that there should be a tour showing you some of the wildlife of the area but don’t know where to go to find it.  The Cajun Tours & Cruises, Inc can offer you the experience you are looking for.  They offer swamp boat tours on private property to view alligators and other wildlife. The experienced guides will give visitors a private land tour to visit local Cajuns living in bayou communities. Enjoy viewing blue crabs shedding their shells, meet an alligator hunter, shrimper, oyster fisherman and get on a shrimp boat to see how the boat operates.

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Bocage Plantation

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Thank you for your interest in Bocage Plantation, and point out that the home today serves as an elegant bed-and breakfast inn.   The stately mansion is open for tours and group functions.  The bedrooms you’ll see are guest rooms, with other rooms serving as common areas for our guests.

Bocage Plantation is intended to be a functional museum opened to the public with its beginnings in the early 19th century yet utilizing technology of the 21st century. Today the Plantation consists of 110 acres with the home being totally restored.  Come for a tour or stay as a guest, enjoy this wonderful piece of history.

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Nottoway Plantation Resort- White Castle, Louisiana

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Nottoway Plantation – White Castle, Louisiana

Nottoway Plantation has such an interesting history and is available for you to both tour and stay in one of the beautifully appointed rooms as the plantation is now a B&B.

The creation of Nottoway Plantation tells the story of a family that was born to wealth and remained wealthy until after the Civil War.  Fortunately the Plantation was saved from the War by a northerner on a gunship that had been a guest at the Plantation prior to the war. 

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Acadian Village – Lafayette, Louisiana

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Village – Lafayette, Louisiana

Enter the world of 19th century Louisiana when you visit Acadian Village.  The village is a showcase of authentic homes along a winding bayou with the architecture of the era.  The homes were restored on site and are full of period antiques.  This 10 acre area is filled with gardens and woodlands to make your visit beautiful as well as interesting.  Seven of the eleven homes in the area are authentic homes of the 19th century.

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